Howard L. Pfost, age 95, of Wauseon, passed away Thursday evening, Nov. 13, 2008 at Heartland of Wauseon. Mr. Pfost, a former teacher at Haviland, Oregon and Toledo schools, had been Superintendant of Schools of Tontogany and High School Principal at Swanton before becoming Superintendant of Fulton County Schools in 1954. During his 18 years in that office he employed the first supervisors, first psychologists, and organized the first special education classes. During his tenure there was also extensive reorganization of local districts, the number going from fourteen to six. During these, sometimes stormy years, he held (at his request) eighteen consecutive one year contracts. He told the board if they didn’t like what he was doing, he’d be long gone. He was one of the originators of, and served on the steering committee for Four County Joint Vocational School.
Mr. Pfost was born on Dec. 3, 1912, the son of the late Lawrence N. and Edna A. (Mohr) Pfost. On June 10, 1940 he married Alice F. Bibler, and she preceded him in death in 2007. Mr. Pfost attended Defiance College, B.G.S.U., and received a B.S. degree from Findlay College and an M.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He lettered in football and baseball at Defiance College in 1931-1932, and served two and a half years in the Army, chiefly at Camp Atterbury with the 1584th Special Training Unit and was discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Recent summers were spent fishing and sailing on Crooked Lake near Petosky, Michigan.
Surviving are sons Jim (Cathy) of Wauseon, Tim (Barb) of Archbold, and daughter, Edna Lou (Ted) Lauber of Waterville. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Eric of Columbus, Jamie (Joe) Sinclair of Hammond, IN Pat (Becky) Lauber of Waterville and Matthew Lauber of Cincinnati, OH, two great-grandchildren and two brothers John of Scott, Ohio and Ed of Salt Lake City.
He was a member of Christ United, the Masonic Lodge, the Laubach Society, and a former member of the Kiwanis and Exchange Club.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Monday November 17, 2008 at Christ United Methodist Church in Wauseon with Pastor Hap Itson officiating. Interment will be in the Wauseon Union Cemetery. Friends may call at the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon on Sunday from 2:00-8:00pm. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.GrisierFH.com